Monday, March 31, 2008

SEO poisoning attack hits big sites; Can the defenses scale?

Security researcher Dancho Danchev said Friday that SEO poisoning attacks have scaled up and are attacking well known sites. Google has been filtering its results as a defense, but Danchev’s latest finding brings up an interesting question: Can the defenses scale?

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Saturday, March 29, 2008

Google - earth hour

Google: "Google users in the United States will notice today that we 'turned the lights out' on the homepage as a gesture to raise awareness of a worldwide energy conservation effort called Earth Hour. As to why we don't do this permanently - it saves no energy; modern displays use the same amount of power regardless of what they display. However, you can do something to reduce the energy consumption of your home PC by joining the Climate Savers Computing Initiative."

Friday, March 28, 2008

M/C/C Brand Flakes - March 2008

A good newsletter from technology saavy Dallas Advertising Agency... learn about rick-rolling and voice your like or dislike of green beer.

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Girl Gamers Get More Sex!!???

NEW YORK ( -- More adult women than ever are playing digital games and that underscores the potential of advergaming to reach this coveted female demographic.

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Is it just me ... or has this happened to you?

What does it mean to get "Rick-Rolled?"

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Creative RSS - 51 Top RSS Button For Your Blog

Creative RSS buttons for your blog.

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Thursday, March 27, 2008

Confronting your accuser used to be a right. Now it isn't.

In a series of decisions from 2004 to 2007, the Supreme Court abdicated its role in limiting prosecutors’ use of a large category of hearsay deemed “nontestimonial.” It is now up to State legislatures to fill the gap created by the Supreme Court's originalist interpretation of the Sixth Amendment and enforce the confrontation requirement.

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Anti-Snob Wine Appreciation: 7 Tips from Sonoma

Thick legs, full body, good structure. Sounds to me like a bad description. But no, it’s a cabernet sauvignon. Huh?

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DALLAS ground zero for population explosion - 4 Texas cities among top 10 in growth

DALLAS, Texas - Four Texas metropolitan areas were among the biggest population gainers as Americans continued their trend of moving to the Sun Belt in 2006 and 2007, according to Census Bureau estimates to be released Thursday.

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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Shooting for Realism: How Accurate are Video-Game Weapons?

With a spate of new military shooter titles hitting the market, PM's resident geek gets the inside story on gaming's next-gen guns from top developers, who have to balance coolness with correctness for every M-16 they recreate.

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The End of Trademarked or Copyrighted terms in Google's PPC

The report in today's Times says that some publishers aren't happy about this functionality because they want people to search on their own pages -- and be exposed to their ads -- rather than Google's.

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8 Mistakes That'll Destroy Your Geek Cred

8) Dissing the upcoming Star Trek film - ?? star trek, blah..
7) Not owning at least one irregularly shaped die -not guilty
6) Not having seen the entirety of at least one Joss Whedon series - who?
5) Not having an Apple product - nope, lost the ipod
4) Liking the Star Wars Prequels - i liked starwars when it came out.
3) Not knowing a word of Japanese - not guilty
2) Setting up an Internet network and not naming it Skynet, OCP or Nexus-6 - nope
1) Having a girlfriend - don't have one.

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ESPN Turns Off Downstream/Sponsor Network PPC

ESPN Turns Off Ad Nets - The site recently cut ties with Specific Media and several other unnamed ad networks, and is taking the bold stand that ad selling that relies heavily on arbitrage and algorithms is not for them.

ESPN Turns Off Ad Nets

Monday, March 24, 2008

Microsoft Sounds Bug Alarm, Confirms Windows-Word Attacks

After several weeks' worth of discoveries and warnings from third-party researchers, Microsoft on Friday acknowledged a critical vulnerability affecting users of Word running on Windows 2000, XP and Server 2003 SP1.

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Publishers Peeved By New Google Feature (

"Today’s New York Times examines a relatively new addition to Google’s search results — the search-within-search box."

With this tool, users can look for specific pages within a site without leaving Google. For instance, users looking for Times articles about Eliot Spitzer can first query on the phase "New York Times" and then -- rather than navigate to -- can query on a "search" box in the Google results pages that only returns results from the newspaper's pages.

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A Push to Limit the Tracking of Web Surfers’ Clicks

The use of target advertising on the Internet is being challenged by members of the New York State Assembly.

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Money buys happiness -- if you spend on someone else

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Money can buy happiness, but only if you spend it on someone else, researchers reported on Thursday. Spending as little as $5 a day on someone else could significantly boost happiness, the team at the University of British...

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Thursday, March 20, 2008

Vodka Brand Wants Call Girl to Be Latest 'Butt Girl'

CHICAGO ( -- The owner of Georgi vodka said he is in talks to put the derriere of former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer's call girl on the backside of every bus in New York.

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World Record Breaker, 2 Hour House, Leadership DVD

They built a house in world record time. Check out the Leadership development DVD that shows how you can integrate this business efficiency program into your business.

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Hurricane warnings coming to Google

MIAMI — Americans in the hurricane danger zone may soon be able to use Google to find out if their own home is threatened by a dangerous storm surge, the director of the National Hurricane Center said Wednesday....

read more | digg story's - Front Page Obama hit-job

A single statement from a speech that was meant to ease racial tensions and fear of his "anti-American" stance is pulled completely out of context in order to present a distorted view of what was said. Shame on you CNN. You are going a long way to re-earn the "Clinton News Network" tag that you so rightfully deserved in the 90's.

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Obama: "A More Perfect Union"

The "A More Perfect Union" speech in its entirety as delivered by Barack Obama.

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RIAA Screws Artists, Pockets Filesharing Settlement Money

None of the estimated $400 million that the RIAA received in settlements with Napster, KaZaA, and Bolt over allegations of copyright infringement has gone to the artists whose copyrights were allegedly infringed. Now the artists are considering suing the RIAA.

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BMW 520d exceeds Prius fuel economy

When we tell you that a BMW 5-series beat a Prius, we really don’t expect you to be impressed. However, if it beats the Prius in fuel economy, we’d be glad to help you pick your jaw up off the floor.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Google sees surge in Web use on hot mobile phones - CNET New

Google has seen an acceleration of Internet activity among mobile phone users in recent months since the company introduced faster Web services on selected phone models.(From Reuters.)

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Leadership Development DVD - 2 Hour House

Dallas - Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Amazon’s #1 Best Selling Authors, Brian Conaway and Jose Feliciano describe the process whereby Conaway and 800 plus volunteers built the impossible: a 2,249 square foot house in less than three hours. Setting a world record, helping six charities, and disproving skeptics turned out to be their smallest feats. Achieving these goals is transforming how America is building… everything.

Two years of planning went into the 2 Hour House project with each construction step allotted a specific amount of time. The traditional concrete slab takes three days to cure, the quick cure formula, perfected by Transit Mix, was allocated 30 minutes but took just 22. Installing the garage door, a project that frequently takes a full day was allocated ten minutes and took only three. Revolutionary procedures in personnel management and building techniques enabled Conaway and his volunteers to build the entire home to code in two hours, fifty-two minutes, and twenty-nine seconds.

Teaching others time and process management, leadership skills, performance enhancement, and efficiency techniques forms the basis of 2 Hour House, the company started by Brian Conaway and Jose Feliciano. The ultimate vision-building resource for entrepreneurs and civic leaders, 2 Hour House provides tools and support to leaders building their own seemingly impossible visions. “We’ve provided leaders with the most powerful tool they need:” notes Jose, “a vision-building method anyone can follow that begins with the end in mind.”
The 2 Hour House phenomena is sweeping the nation, reigniting what has always been America’s greatest strength: a belief that anything is possible and innovation makes anything possible. The results: sensational change, one impossible at a time.

The Texas Department of Transportation now uses the quick-drying concrete formula to expedite highway repairs. Ruben Gonzales, inspired by the 2 Hour House video, is performing his own impossible by preparing to compete in four Winter Olympic Games, each in a different decade. Jack Canfield, author of the Chicken Soup books, notes that the 2 Hour House experience demonstrates “what happens when a committed team of people pays no attention to what they have been told is impossible.”

View a three minute clip of this incredible event at
For additional information on this release, please contact Jeannie McLaughlin, CEOIQ,, 972-983-4258.

Digging Deeper into Yahoo's Buzz

Sure, Yahoo's new service is already driving almost as much traffic to outside Web articles as Digg does. Anyone you know go to Digg to search?

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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Yahoo, Click Forensics to fight click fraud together

If you can't beat 'em, join 'em.Yahoo and Click Forensics announced on Monday that they will be working together to fight click fraud.Click fraud has historically pitted advertisers, who claim they are charged for fraudulent clicks on paid search ads, against search engines, which claim they manage

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Monday, March 17, 2008

Japanese ISPs Agree to Ban Pirates from the Internet

Following a huge increase in complaints from the music, movie and software industries, the four major Japanese ISP organizations have agreed that they will work with copyright holders to track down copyright infringing file-sharers and disconnect them from the internet.

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Web creator rejects net tracking

The creator of the web has said consumers need to be protected against systems which can track their activity on the internet. Sir Tim Berners-Lee told BBC News he would change his internet provider if it introduced such a system.

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Friday, March 14, 2008

Big storage is watching you | Storage Bits |

Blog This:Big storage is watching you | Storage Bits | "

Big storage is watching you by ZDNet's Robin Harris -- Kudos to Larry Dignan for an informative post on the system that caught NY governor Eliot Spitzer canoodling with a prostitute. Modern information technology enables 24 hour surveillance of every citizen. Should we care? Of course not. Every citizen is a potential terrorist. You want to stop terrorists, don’t you? If you have nothing to hide [...]


Thursday, March 13, 2008

Video Road Hogs Stir Fear of Internet Traffic Jam

User demand for data-heavy videos, social networking sites and multiplayer games could outpace network capacity by 2011, some analysts warn.

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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Spitzer's E-Escort Plight Shows Workings of Prostitution 2.0

With New York Gov. Elliot Spitzer allegedly caught nibbling the fruits of a high-class, tech-savvy prostitution ring, it's clearer than ever the world's oldest profession is doing a fine job of harnessing the latest technology.

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How software helped nail Eliot Spitzer, prostitution ring

New York Governor (for now) Eliot Spitzer’s prostitute scandal is all the big news here in New York, but the lesser known tale is how an information system–the U.S. Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network–played a role in his downfall.

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Judge to Viacom: No punitive damages in YouTube case

Viacom's $1 billion lawsuit rolls on, but a judge has now ruled that seeking punitive damages against the video-sharing site isn't a possibility... despite his own past ruling that suggests it is.

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Bits: Yahoo May Join Google-Led Social Networking Alliance

Yahoo intends to join OpenSocial, a Google-led alliance that is developing a common set of standards for programs on social networks and other sites, according to a person with direct knowledge of Yahoo’s plans.

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Just use your ecomagination

I thought the child capturing the wind was the best of the three. The fishing for water bottles ad made me really thirsty.

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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Leadership Development Business Coaching

2 Hour House is the true story about Brian Conaway, a home builder who, with the help of his community and business partner, Jose Feliciano, achieved what others thought impossible: They built a 2,249 square foot house from the ground up in less than three hours.

The priceless lessons from this monumental task, revealed in this easy-to-read book, will forever change how you build relationships and build your business.

Brian and Jose, two ordinary businessmen from Tyler, Texas, share their practical insights in each chapter about how this experience can be applied to help you:
- Sustain a hunger for achieving the near-impossible
- Develop a plan with the end in mind
- Overcome the views of skeptics
- Define your vision with such passion that others will help you create it
- Introduce “play” techniques that engage the imagination of others to generate the ideas needed to overcome obstacles

What this team learned about life, leadership and the persistence of the human spirit will show you how to transform your life, your family and your work. 2 Hour House provides the practical leadership principles and user-friendly ideas that will help you transform “your impossible” into a better life for you and a greater enterprise for your employees.

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Barack Hussein Obama is NOT a muslim.

A frown replaces the dimpled beam of Sarah Hussein Obama, grandmother of U.S. senator Barack Obama, when asked on Wednesday about recent attacks on her grandson that include the spreading of rumors that he is secretly a Muslim and the repeated use of his middle name — Hussein — by a radio host at rally of the Republican presidential candidate.

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Google Adds Page Load Time To Quality Score Algorithm

Google Adds Page Load Time To Quality Score Algorithm: "Google Adds Page Load Time To Quality Score Algorithm
A WebmasterWorld thread tipped both Search Engine Watch and Search Engine Roundtable off on the fact that Google has added an additional quality score factor to the AdWords ranking algorithm.
The new factor is page load time. If your destination URL is a very slow loading page, then Google will give you a poor 'load time grade.' The load time grade will be part of your quality score and if you have a poor load time grade, then it can impact your AdWords rankings."

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Conserving Bandwidth, Companies Cut Off Video Sites

Companies across the U.S. are starting to prevent their employees from accessing Internet-video services at work, as the videos increasingly affect bandwidth and productivity. According to a study released last month by Nielsen Online, the heaviest consumption of Internet video is during weekday lunch hours between 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.

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Forrester’s Li: If I Were Mark Zuckerberg (FaceBook)

Li says such a move would preempt the Web portals, which are undoubtedly on the same path to providing more interoperable applications based on the user's social graph. The problem for portals like AOL and Yahoo is that most of their social information comes from email, and contains far less data than a big social network like Facebook.

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Why Widgets Don't Work

Marketers are mistaken if they think these easy-to-forward applications will help them make deep inroads to the MySpace generation

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Widgets: The Future of Online Ads

Look to the evolution of television advertising to understand the necessity of widgets in today's online world

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Report: Videogame Advertising to Be $1 Bil. Biz by 2012

The majority of growth will occur in casual Web-based games rather than in the more high-profile console game space: that of PlayStation, Xbox and Wii.

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